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“We would have given any team a game,” says Ryan Giggs as he reflects on magnificent Wales performance

Ryan Giggs says any team would have struggled to cope with his Wales team in their 4-1 demolition of Ireland on Thursday night.

The Wales boss remained level-headed following his team’s stunning display in their win over Republic of Ireland.

But he was well aware of the lofty levels of performance reached by his team in a comfortable win over their home nation rivals.

“You’ve got to give credit to ourselves,” said Giggs. “There wouldn’t have been many teams that  could have lived with us tonight because of the way we played.

“We would have given any team a game.

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“It can always be better. There are things we didn’t do so well, but overall, with the performance as a team and certain individuals – I told them to trust themselves on the ball, that’s what I got and I was pleased with what I got.

“To score four goals in any game is special.”

The comfortable win sets Wales on their way in their Nations League campaign ahead of their second fixture, with Denmark on Sunday.

And it also kicks off Giggs’ reign with this game being his long-awaited competitive debut following a summer of friendlies.

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But despite the almost perfect performance, the Wales boss didn’t have too much sweet talk for his side after the game. In fact, he had some ‘bad news’ to deliver. He added: “I said to the players ‘the bad news is, you’ve got to stay at that standard’. If you don’t, you let me down and you let yourself down’.

“You have to keep improving, there are loads of things we could have done better and we will work on that over the next few days.

“We had a short space of time to work together. The only working day was Tuesday. We worked on certain things but then the players have to go out and do it. We can give them ideas, but the players have to execute and they did.”

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Giggs made a few surprise selections going into the game, handing competitive debuts to David Brooks, Ethan Ampadu, Chris Mepham and Connor Roberts.

And the latter came in to replace stalwart Chris Gunter in the starting XI, a player who has started the last 63 games consecutively.

Giggs revealed how Gunter took the news that his incredible run of starting games was to come to an end. He said: “Each player that I picked, I picked for a reason.

“They were in good form, but that was the most difficult decision. Chris has done so much, but he has just come back from injury and Connor is in good form, and he deserved his spot.

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“Even when I told Chris, he was disappointed, but his reaction in training – I’m lucky to have players like that.

“Me as a player, I got a chance as a young player but I also played until I was 40. I can see both sides of the coin, age doesn’t matter to me.

“What I had when I was younger was really good experienced players around me and that’s what it’s like here.”

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Roberts impressed on his competitive debut, even chipping in with Wales’ fourth goal and he wasn’t the only youngster to stand out.

Midfielder Ethan Ampadu shone throughout and many awarded him Man of the Match for his terrific performance.

Speaking about Ampadu’s performance, Ryan Giggs added: “Ethan is a talent, not only as a player but as a person.

“So measured, so mature and he takes everything in his stride. Ethan is going to be a magnificent player. I was pleased with his performance tonight”.